Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY) said a slush fund for President Trump to use for his "radical immigration agenda" is not what people want at a press conference on Tuesday.
SEN. CHUCK SCHUMER (D-NY): Now earlier today, I met with Leader McConnell and top Senate appropriators. Leader McConnell proposed the bipartisan Senate DHS bill, which has $1.6 billion for border security plus a $1 billion slush fund for the president to use for his radical immigration agenda.
After the meeting, I -- I spoke to Leader Pelosi and I called Leader McConnell and told him we would not accept their $1 billion slush fund, and that our offers to fund the government remain.
Let me be clear. The Republican offer today would not pass either chamber. We Democrats have made two reasonable offers that could (inaudible) earn overwhelming bipartisan support in both the House and Senate.
One, pass the six bipartisan appropriations bills and a one-year C.R. for the Homeland Security bill. Or, alternatively, a one-year C.R. for the remaining seven appropriations bills.
The president said last week, he would be proud to shut down the government. We Democrats don't want to shut down the government. And as for the idea of what Sarah Sanders Huckabee said, they could get wall money from NAFTA or some other part of the government, they need congressional approval. They're not getting it for the wall. Plain and simple.